Thank You, APTAC!

I am back in Kansas after a fantastic trip to Reno for the 2019 APTAC Spring Conference. On Sunday, I taught a four-hour class on the FAR, followed by a general session Monday on major changes in Government contracting.

By my count, this was the ninth time I’ve attended an APTAC conference, and they’ve all been great. It was wonderful to see so many old friends and make some new ones, too. Thank you to APTAC’s leadership for inviting me, and for Terri Bennett of our home-state Kansas PTAC, who introduced my general session. A big thanks also to Carroll Bernard of Govology and Joshua Frank of RSM Federal, who kindly allowed me and Matt Schoonover to share their booth.

If you’re a government contractor who hasn’t yet connected with your local PTAC, you’re missing out. Visit the APTAC website to find out more.

Thank You, Wyoming!

I’ve just returned from Casper, Wyoming, where I had the pleasure of presenting at the annual GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo. It was a great opportunity to meet new folks and learn about issues facing the government contracting community.

Special thanks to the Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center for organizing the event along with the Wyoming Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Administration, the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming. Oh, and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi.

While getting there was a bit of an adventure (thanks United Airlines!) it truly was a great time and great event. Hope to see you again soon.

Changes to Limitations on Subcontracting: My Game Changers Podcast

The limitations on subcontracting are undergoing some major changes in 2019, including a newly-effective DoD class deviation and the FAR Council’s long-awaited proposal for a comprehensive overhaul.

Recently, I joined host Michael LeJeune of RSM Federal on the Game Changers podcast to discuss these important changes. Click here to listen to my podcast, and be sure to check out the other great Game Changers podcasts featuring voices from across the government contracting landscape.

SmallGovCon Welcomes Robert Kampen!

I am very pleased to announce that Robert Kampen has joined our team of attorney-authors here at SmallGovCon.  Rob is an associate attorney with Koprince Law LLC, where his practice focuses on federal government contracts law.

Rob is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. Before joining the firm, Rob worked for several years in financial services and telecommunications, where he focused on negotiating, drafting and managing contracts.  Check out Rob’s full biography to learn more about our newest author, and don’t miss his first SmallGovCon post on limits BPA awardees face in attempting to challenge fellow awardees.

Thank You, Live Oak Bank & GMU!

I am back in Kansas after a whirlwind trip to Washington, DC where I was part of a fantastic governing contracting event sponsored by Live Oak Bank and George Mason  University.  My panel focused on the legal and practical issues that companies face when they grow out of their small business size standards–an important topic that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should.

Many thanks to Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Erin Andrew, Tess Mackey, Jerry McGinn and everyone else who planned and coordinated this event.  Thanks also to my fellow panelists, Gloria Larkin and Rosetta Rodwell–and to everyone who asked questions and stuck around afterwards to chat–for a great discussion about government contracts. And a big thank you to the chefs at Ray’s the Steaks, where I had dinner for the first time in about six years.  Tasty as ever!

Next on my travel agenda: New Orleans, where I’ll be attending the 2018 National Veterans Small Business Engagement and SAME Small Business Conference.  Hope to see you there!

Thank you, Cross Timbers!

It was a great honor to be a speaker at the 2018 Government Procurement Conference in Arlington, Texas. The event was organized by the Cross Timbers Procurement Technical Assistance Center from the University of Texas at Arlington.

My talk ranged from basic bid protest matters, to cybersecurity, to threats facing small businesses (including Amazon), and the 2019 NDAA. I hope those in attendance learned something. I know I learned from you (you know who you are).

Special thanks to Gregory James and Loren L. Hitchcock for organizing the event and everyone who worked so hard to make it happen. It was great to connect with clients and make new friends. Hope to see you all again soon.